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5 Ways to Keep Cancer Out of Your Relationships

by Brian English.

Your biggest struggle after diagnosis is getting the cancer out of your body. But second place goes to trying to keep cancer out of your relationships. Because soon after the news of your diagnosis spread among friends and family, it seems that your illness will dominate every aspect of your interactions. You might need some tips to keep cancer out of your relationships.

Talking To Your Friend With Cancer

It’s a phenomenon that can have a lasting impact on couples, friends, and family – no matter how close or intimate before...

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Colorectal Cancer Patients Share Their Experiences

by GregP_WN.
Living With Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal adenocarcinoma is a type of colon/rectal tumor originating in the glands that produce the mucus that coat the inside of the colon/rectal area. The cancerous cells may spread into the walls of the colon and then into the lymphatic system. Cancer becomes more of risk when polyps (benign tumors formed by abnormal growth) turn cancerous. Colorectal adenocarcinoma progresses slowly and sometimes is not detected for 5 years. Noticeable signs include irregular bowel habits like...

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Tips For Surviving Cancer - From Survivors

by GregP_WN.

When you first get diagnosed with cancer and you start to tell your family and friends about it, you start to get a taste of some of the hundreds of things you will be told. Everyone will have tips for surviving cancer. Some of it is positive and supportive, some is negative and should have never been said to you, some of it is plain and simply ridiculous, and most of it comes from people who have never experienced cancer.  

Tips For Surviving Cancer

These people are simply repeating what they have heard or...

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How Long Does It Take for Hair to Grow Back After Chemotherapy?

by GregP_WN.

Answer: In most cases, it takes about 3-10 months after the end of chemotherapy treatment for hair to grow back.

Young Girl Smiling

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In case you didn't know, Cancer itself isn’t responsible for hair loss (which is also called alopecia). Hair loss is actually caused by certain types of treatments—namely, chemotherapy. Chemo blasts healthy cells as well as cancer cells, including the cells that make hair follicles; however, not everyone with cancer loses their hair. It depends on the addition of...

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15 More Things Cancer Taught Me

by GregP_WN.

When you get the diagnosis, and the Doctor tells you, "you have cancer", life as you knew it has stopped, ceased to exist, and now your new life with cancer, has taken over. 

Things Cancer Taught Me

Ask any person on the street that hasn't had cancer what they know about cancer and you will get lots of generic answers. Like, "it's terrible", "it's a killer", "my Mom died from that", or "you don't have long to live" and old standards like "you get it from smoking" and "a bad diet caused it". There may be some...

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2X Cancer Survivor, College Graduate, Before Age 26

by GregP_WN.

Sara Bedard is a 26-year-old young Lady, a 2X cancer survivor, and a college graduate. The inspiring part about this is that she didn't know if she could survive cancer, much less be able to graduate College while in treatment. She is our WhatNexter of the Week, and this is her story. 

Sara After Surgery

Just a few years ago cancer was something I never expected would play a huge part in my life and boy was I wrong. In 2015 my mother passed away from Ovarian cancer. At the time, I was working a part-time...

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What's the Senate Doing With Healthcare?

by Ask Hilbert.

Since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, Senate Republicans have been working on their version of a bill to revise Obamacare; the Democrats are shut out from this process. (For our previous analysis of the CBO score of the House bill, see here)

Senate Healthcare Bill

While the recent turmoil surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony captured almost all of Washington’s attention, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a Senate rule to allow the healthcare...

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The Hidden Side Effects of Radiation

by GregP_WN.

Radiation is a standard part of treatment for a large group of cancer types. Sometimes combined with chemotherapy, sometimes used on its own, and even sometimes with a mixture of other traditional treatments, surgery, and drugs. There are several hidden side effects that you may or may not be told to expect. Some of them show up quickly, but many wait years to show up. Some can be life threatening. 

Radiation Mask

You will find many people that say radiation was much easier to take than chemotherapy...

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What Does The CBO Score Say About Cost Impact on People With Chronic Conditions?

by Ask Hilbert.

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the effects of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the House of Representatives on May 4.

Cbo Report

Under this bill, insurance companies would be allowed to pay a smaller proportion of your health care costs. Those who are older or who have chronic or pre-existing conditions would see their premiums rise considerably, while the premiums for younger and/or healthier people are projected to go down. The CBO analysis...

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Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy (NIBB)

by GregP_WN.

If you're a breast cancer patient, you may have heard of or even had Non-Invasive Breast Brachytherapy, or (NIBB) as a part of your treatment. While it's not as widely used as conventional radiation therapy, it is gaining recognition and being used more often. More than 50 facilities are using this procedure that has been used for over 10 years. 

Accuboost

Benefits of this type of treatment over traditional radiation therapy include:

* It provides targeted, measured, therapeutic doses is...

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